Sackatoga Stable’s $250,000 Holy Bull (Grade III) winner Tiz the Law, who has been the talk of the Road to the Kentucky Derby since his brilliant victory in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (GI) in early October, is the 8-1 individual favorite in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) but “All Other 3-Year-Olds” is once again expected to be the overall preference when betting concludes Sunday.
Veteran odds maker Mike Battaglia has installed “All Other 3-Year-Olds” as the 9-2 early choice in the field of 24 betting interests for the three-day pool, which opens Friday at noon (all times EDT) and concludes Sunday at 6 p.m. The advance betting will be staged concurrently with the year’s only Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. In addition to Win and Exacta betting, an Oaks/Derby Future Double is part of the wagering menu. The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will close a half-hour later than the KDFW at 6:30 p.m.
Tiz the Law, the Grade I-winning son of Constitution, sits at No. 6 on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 22 points. Trained by veteran conditioner Barclay Tagg, Tiz the Law is targeting the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) on Saturday, March 28 as his final steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby.
Other top betting interests in Pool 3 of the KDFW include a quartet of horses from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s barn: SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Frederick Hertrich III, John Fielding and Golconda Stables’ $100,000 Sham Stakes (GIII) winner Authentic (12-1) and dazzling debut winner Charlatan (12-1); George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau and Mark Mathiesen’s $200,000 San Vicente (GII) hero Nadal (10-1); and Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm’s undefeated Thousand Words (15-1).
Authentic and Thousand Words are both targeting Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe (GII) at Santa Anita.
Other horses expected to take interest in Pool 3 are Linda Shanahan, Sanford Bacon, Dream With Me Stable, Horse France America, D P Racing and Patrick Biancone’s 8 ½-length winner of last Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (GII) Ete Indien (10-1); Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Andie Biancone and Limelight Stables Corp.’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis (GIII) winner Sole Volante; and Godolphin’s come-backing $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (GI) hero Maxfield.
There are nine new wagering interests in Pool 3 of the KDFW: Charlatan; Ete Indien; Lloyd Madison Farms’ $400,000 Risen Star (GII) runner-up Major Fed (50-1); Pam and Martin Wygod’s Risen Star winner Modernist (20-1); C R K Stable’s Robert B. Lewis (GIII) runner-up Royal Act (30-1); Ed and Susie Orr’s $750,000 Southwest Stakes (GIII) victor Silver Prospector (20-1); Sole Volante; Godolphin’s recent maiden winner Spa City (50-1) and Lance and Clint Gasaway’s Southwest runner-up Wells Bayou (30-1).
Here’s the complete Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 field (with morning line odds): #1 Authentic (12-1); #2 Basin (30-1); #3 Chance It (30-1); #4 Charlatan (12-1); #5 Enforceable (30-1); #6 Ete Indien (10-1); #7 Gouverneur Morris (20-1); #8 Honor A. P. (20-1); #9 Independence Hall (20-1); #10 Major Fed (50-1); #11 Max Player (30-1); #12 Maxfield (15-1); #13 Modernist (20-1); #14 Nadal (10-1); #15 Royal Act (30-1); #16 Silver Prospector (20-1); #17 Sole Volante (12-1); #18 Spa City (50-1); #19 Storm the Court (30-1); #20 Thousand Words (15-1); #21 Three Technique (50-1); #22 Tiz the Law (8-1); #23 Wells Bayou (30-1); and #24 All Other 3-Year-Olds (9-2).
In the Oaks future wager, Ciaglia Racing, Highland Yard, River Oak Farm and Dominic Savides’ 9 ¼-length Las Virgenes (GII) winner Venetian Harbor was made the 8-1 individual morning line favorite while “All Other 3-Year-Old Fillies” was made the overall 6-1 favorite.
Other top contenders expected to take money in the Kentucky Oaks future wager include: Kaleem Shah, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith’s $300,000 Starlet (GI) runner-up Donna Veloce (10-1); Winchell Thoroughbreds, Thomas Reiman, William Dickson and Deborah Easter’s $300,000 Rachel Alexandra (GII) winner Finite (10-1); and Slam Dunk Racing, Doug Branham and Legacy Ranch’s recent $200,000 Davona Dale (GII) champ Tonalist’s Shape (10-1).
Here is the field for this year’s Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (with morning line odds): #1 Alta’s Award (50-1); #2 Auberge (20-1); #3 British Idiom (12-1); #4 Donna Veloce (10-1); #5 Edgeway (15-1); #6 Finite (10-1); #7 Frank’s Rockette (12-1); #8 Gingham (20-1); #9 Harvey’s Lil Goil (30-1); #10 Ice Princess (30-1); #11 Lake Avenue (15-1); #12 Lucrezia (30-1); #13 Maedean (30-1); #14 Magic Dance (30-1); #15 Mo City (30-1); #16 Motu (30-1); #17 O Seraphina (50-1); #18 Spice Is Nice (15-1); #19 Swiss Skydiver (50-1); #20 Tonalist’s Shape (10-1); #21 Turtle Trax (50-1); #22 Venetian Harbor (8-1); #23 Wicked Whisper (15-1); and #24 All Other 3-Year-Old Fillies (6-1).
The Kentucky Derby Future Wagers, which features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, provide fans of Thoroughbred racing with opportunities to place bets on possible entrants in the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) at odds that could be far greater than those available on the day of the race. The 146th running of Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race and the first leg of the Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs. The $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) will run the day before on Friday, May 1.
Bets can be placed at Churchill Downs Racetrack, TwinSpires.com and other online wagering outlets and satellite wagering centers across North America. There are no refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the duration of the three-day pool that one of the wagering interests has experienced an injury, illness or other circumstance that would prevent the horse from participating in the Kentucky Derby, betting on the individual horse will be suspended immediately.
Total handle for Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager on Nov. 28-Dec. 1 was $350,312 ($284,317 in the Win pool and $65,995 in Exactas). “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the even-money favorite. Pool 2 once again saw “All Other 3-Year-Olds” close as favorite at 2-1. Betting totaled $590,911 ($439,694 in Win pool and $151,217 in Exactas), which was up 10.7% from the prior year.
More information and real-time odds are available online at www.kentuckyderby.com/futurewager. One additional future wager pool for 2020 is set for April 3-5.